Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about BETRAYAL #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about BETRAYAL

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


“How can you ask me that?” Reaction was setting in, that must be why she couldn’t stop her teeth from chattering or the thick taste of betrayal from coating her throat.

Jacquie Biggar


 A ball of anxiety formed in Quin’s gut. AJ hadn’t talked about the fear his father’s abandonment and betrayal had left him with.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


This was a betrayal. The mental image of Jason sleeping with that tramp week after week, and then coming back to her bed within hours, made her want to vomit.

Claire Gem


I had started to recover from Luigi’s betrayal, but I couldn’t deal with running into him or anyone who knew of the circumstances that had ended our marriage.

Joanne Guidoccio


Aside from his feelings for Alexandra, he had nothing to lie about. Well, almost nothing.

Kathryn Jane


“Yes.” He tugged her up off the chair, drawing her toward him until she fell into his arms. Still hurt she’d lied to him. Louie figured he had two choices: accept it, or cause a further rift in his marriage. He swallowed his pride and decided on peace.

Marian Lanouette


Walking away would rip him to shreds and Elise would never forgive him for standing her up – again. But his feet betrayed him and moved on their own. He shuffled right out of the restaurant, a hand clutched to his chest, and toward his Jeep.

S.A.Taylor


“I’d like to trust you, Brett, but I’ve been betrayed before and now again by Franklin. I’m not depending on anyone again.”

Marsha West


“I’m counting on you being a good guy, Nate Walker,” Sarah said. “I’ve not had luck with trusting coworkers and if you betray me, I’ll hunt you down and beat you with a shovel.”

Sharon Wray


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Thieves… plagiarists and scammers

by Kathryn Jane

Yesterday was my day to blog, and I tried, really tried to write about the recent blowup in the writing world. I wrote and deleted two long, wordy attempts to address the horrors of people stealing a writer’s hard work, and how thieves and the dirty underbelly of the writing world affected me personally…then I gave up and put it away for the night.

Here instead, a day late, is the simple version.

Around a week ago, a plagiarist was caught stealing the work of over thirty writers. Bringing this to light also exposed other scammers and thieves preying on readers and writers, and the entire situation was mind-boggling enough… and then I discovered my books being offered for free on a pirate site.

And I started to wonder whether this writing gig was worth what it was costing me–literally, and figuratively.

Is it worth my time to try and compete for readers in a world where scammers hit bestseller lists with fake books? Where book stuffers collect thousands of dollars while real authors barely scrape by? Where readers have been conditioned to search for free or 99 cent books and don’t care if they are stolen?

And what about the dollars? Each book I publish costs me at least $2000 for editing, cover design, and basic marketing. Can I make that money back? Probably. But can I make enough to pay myself for even a small portion of the hundreds of hours I spend writing, revising, formatting, uploading, advertising…

Not when I can’t get my books noticed because the market is flooded with fake books, plagiarized work, and other scams.

So I’m considering other options right now. Considering going traditional. Giving up the creative control I cherish, for a chance at having a big publisher marketing my work.

Why? Because I love writing, I love giving readers an emotional experience, and I don’t want to quit. But seven years into self-publishing I’m still operating at a loss, and it is time for a change.

In the nature of one last ditch effort to get my work out there, I’ve put a six book bundle of books on sale for just 99 cents.  Yep, the first SIX full-length books in my Intrepid Women series, for a grand total of $0.99 … Grab them HERE right now.

If you would like to find out more about the plagiarism and other scams, go to,  Nora Roberts blog, Fall Into The Story.  A kickass woman I have always admired, Nora lays it out beautifully…such a way with words!


Kathryn Jane, novelist, artist, educator.

Want to know what else I’m up to in my life? The books, the painted rocks, the workshops?  Click here to  visit my website.

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about VILLAIN/ENEMY #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about VILLAIN/ENEMY

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


The irony was that he was returning to the psych ward while he was in the best physical shape of his life. If there’d been a time to meet his enemy and save his men, it would be now.

Sharon Wray


United in conquering our enemy, we bumped fists. As we walked companionably back to the office, he said, “This looks like the launching of a fine friendship.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


While she’d been daydreaming, the enemy had arrived on their doorstep.

Jacquie Biggar


His enemy knew his weaknesses, and each time the man healed from an assault, Wolfe would tear off the scab and start him bleeding again.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


The deep freeze. It wouldn’t be the first time for either one of us. As life-long friends, we often experienced these frenemy periods.

Joanne Guidoccio


But experience is better.” A thousand times better. Until you’ve looked an enemy in the eye…

Kathryn Jane


The one from the bar. This would mean he’s escalating, screwing up. It would be the break I need. Too many viable suspects, but only one killer, that’s what I believe. I hope I’m right.

Marian Lanouette


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Outdoors

 

…is the view right outside my office window. Why is that important?

 

My desk where I play What if??? is adjacent to a large window, and when stuck, I take a look outside. Invariably, I’m inspired by the massive red oak trees in my front yard, the leaves changing from dark green to red orange and back. Or the large variety of cars streaming past my house, some speeding more than others.  Occasionally, the emergency vehicles with blaring sirens race to help someone. I spy colorful blooms in the flower beds which tell of Spring’s arrival and make me happy. quince 2

 

So why is The Great Outdoors important?

 

Many times, I’ve incorporated the scenery I see outside my window in my writing because being able to describe those things makes my work more authentic. And hopefully, a reader will be so engrossed, he/she is transported into the world I created and imagining him/herself where the action is. What the characters look like. What the weather is like. What people wear. What cars they drive. And et cetera.

 

Right now,  spring is creeping in. I can see the lacey white blossoms of the Bradford pear trees have pushed out. My quince with flowers in shades of salmon have already bloomed, leaving only the late stragglers, and tiny tiny bees buzzing from blossom to blossom searching for pollen. The grass is dry chaff. The gloomy gray sky makes me want to curl on the comfy sofa with a good book and my favorite beverage and snack. snoopy reading

asteriks 2

 

Near my home are restaurants and shops I frequent. In the Hattie Cooks mysteries, I have incorporated  a family-owned Italian restaurant similar to the one Handsome and I have frequented. The interior oozes Italian – the faux finished walls from which hang pictures of the Italian countryside, the Frank Sinatra-Tony Bennett-Dean Martin tunes, the ambiance created by the low lights—all perfect for Detective Allan Wellborn to seduce Hattie in Temporarily Out Of Luck. Here’s a sample:

 

Hunger overruled anger. I folded my hand around his and walked with him to our favorite Italian restaurant. He held the glass entry door wide and let me pass through first. My senses were overpowered by the greatest scents ever—spicy garlic, sweet tomato, yeasty bread, and sharp onions.

 

I loved Mama & Papas Italian Restaurant, a place my parents had brought Tracey and me to since elementary school. The same Tuscan prints decorated the golden faux-finished walls. The same Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra tunes oozed from the sound system. I breathed in deeply then looked at Allan, feeling gratitude. “Nirvana.”

 

               The corners of his eyes crinkled. “Forgiven?”

 

What’s outside your window?

Just Desserts 400x600 72dpi

 

Have you read very short stories? In very shorts, description is cut to the bare minimum, one choice word or two, to convey the really important things we need to know.  Find out in Just Desserts…and other stories:

 

Amazon ebook     Amazon PB    B&N     Other Vendors

 

 For the latest and greatest, contests, and more, sign Up for HBW News at: Newsletter

 

 

 

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about MARRIAGE #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about MARRIAGE

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


When he saw Louie absorb it, he continued. “I don’t like her working for him either, but damn, you need to back off for the sake of your marriage and your career.”

Marian Lanouette


Things had moved fast, but she was ready to spend the rest of her life with him. Marriage was only a formality at this point.

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


But what kind of a marriage could they have if she lived in Atlanta, and he lived in Fort Worth?

Marsha West


“If things were different, I’d be asking you to marry me.” Because as crazy as it seemed, Nate already felt married.

Sharon Wray


“We get to have ice cream.” Ben squinted up at the hero-of-the-hour. “Are you married?

Appalled, I grabbed Ben.

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


He lay next to his wife, cradling her in his arms. He’d re-consummated his marriage with passion and with love.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Zoe tipped up her chin. She’d remembered Medina telling her that there was no sense in her looking for a husband, because marriage was not in the cards for her.

Claire Gem


“Forever and a day. I thought our marriage would last that long, but it barely made it to the first anniversary.”

Joanne Guidoccio


He couldn’t reach her, help her, and their marriage fell apart little by little until there was nothing left.

Kathryn Jane


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Clearly See…

In A Different Kind of Reunion, Private Investigator Jim Nelson doesn’t mince words when he learns about the psychic’s involvement in the murder investigation:

“Let’s face some facts here. Most psychics need to make a living. I don’t doubt this lady has some intuitive ability—as many women do—but I don’t think it’s enough to catch a murderer.”

Jim is in good company.

According to a recent survey by YouGov.com, 24% of respondents believe there are actually individuals who possess the ability to see the future. There is a gender split here as well; 28% of women think this power exists, while only 19% of men think the same.

While I’m of two minds here, I do believe it is possible for each of us to have an intuitive awakening. In fact, some of us already possess signs of clairvoyance.

Not sure? Take this quick survey:

  1. Do mental images randomly flash before your eyes?
  2. Can you easily visualize people and places?
  3. Do you frequently have vivid dreams?
  4. Can you quickly complete mazes, puzzles, and other visual-spatial tasks?
  5. Can you see auras (glowing lights) around the people in your life?

Regardless of your score, you can access your inner compass and develop the skill to “clearly see” what is going on in your life. Here are some suggestions:

  • Meditate for a few minutes each day. When you get still and clear your mind, you allow the right (creative) brain to take over and the left (logical) brain to take a back seat.
  • Take note of goose bumps, shivers down your spine, and racing hearts. Your body is letting you know when things are right or off. The key is to trust those feelings and act upon them.
  • Be on the lookout for any God/Goddess nudges that suddenly appear in your life. These could take the form of notices on bulletin boards, titles of books that resonate, or opportunities that present themselves.
  • Release negative feelings. If you are angry or depressed, you cannot make sound decisions.
  • Pay attention to how you feel after talking and meeting with the people in your life. Keep those who empower you and take distance from those who drain you. If you cannot walk away from the latter group, limit your involvement with them.
  • Dream with purpose. Before you fall asleep, focus on any unresolved issues or problems. Imagine possible solutions as you fall asleep. Then, let your brain do the rest. Keep a journal on your nightstand and record those dreams as soon as you awaken.

Any other suggestions to share?

 

 

Where to find Joanne Guidoccio…

Website | Amazon | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Goodreads | Pinterest

 

Planners: The Great Debate Between Paper and Digital (Hint: Paper Wins!)

I am a planner girl. I use Emily Ley’s daily half-sized spiral planner for my every day task and appointment list, I use a separate Emily Ley full-sized spiral monthly planner (from Target) for my Social Media/Media marketing schedule, I have a Kikki-K A5-sized ring planner for my writing business, another Happy Planner A5-sized disc planner (from Michael’s) to run my household and keep track of meals and my family’s schedules, and I have a huge, ugly whiteboard in the kitchen that holds shows me the family’s commitments for four months at a time.

I even use an Erin Condren deluxe monthly planner specifically for budgeting!

Yet, I can’t seem to figure out how to use my Google calendar. When I was a kid, I realized that if I don’t write things down, like goals, appointments, or due dates, I can’t remember them. Especially things like when my next manuscript is due! I’ve tried saving things to the calendar on my phone, and syncing up digital calendars with my kids and my husband, but if I have to rely on my digital planner I’m completely lost.

Luckily, I’m not alone. As I was searching for solutions, I discovered the planner community on YouTube. In this day of digital-everything, I found people who are just like me. 🙂 People who, for whatever reason, prefer to write down every aspect of their lives (and decorate with washi tape) and are willing to share their journeys online.

Below I’ve included a few of my favorite YouTube episodes that helped me choose the right planner(s) for my each aspect of my life. If you’re like me, you may have seen these already. If you’re a digital-only kind of planner, maybe these will bring you back to the joys of paper!

First up is Sarra Cannon at Heart Breathings. Sarra is a successful YA author who freely shares her love of organizing and planning. I use her HB90 method (downloadable calendars available in her Etsy shop) for all my business/writing planning needs. Here is her recent Plan-With-Me video of how she set up her February schedule in her Kikki K A5 planner.

Next is Stephanie Anne’s video of how she uses an Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner to set up her family’s budget for the year.

Like I mentioned above, I use an Emily Ley daily planner for my everyday tasks and reminders. Here is a video Emily did explaining the pros and cons of this type of planner for work and home.

Here is a great video (with free printable!!!!) on how to use a Happy Planner to manage your household.

In case I didn’t mention this above, I also have a small personal-sized planner for my Christmas  planning. Since I still host at least 18 people for dinner every Christmas, as well as a week’s worth of guests who spend the night, my planning starts on November 1st! Here’s a cute Christmas planner video just in case you’re tempted. 🙂

What kind of planners, if any at all, do you use. Digital? Paper? Scratches on the back on an envelope (like my mother!)? Or none at all? I’d love to know!


Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes about the men in her Deadly Force romantic suspense series where ex-Green Berets meet their match in smart, sexy heroines who teach these alpha males that Gracealways defeats Reckoning.

Her acclaimed debut book EVERY DEEP DESIRE, a sexy, action-packed retelling of Romeo and Juliet, is about an ex-Green Beret determined to regain his honor, his freedom, and his wife.

EVERY DEEP DESIRE is available on: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | IndieBound| Kobo|  Google

And adding it to your Goodreads TBR lisis also always appreciated!

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about DATING #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about DATING

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


She wasn’t into dating. Never had the time, energy, or inclination to bother with romantic relationships.

Kathryn Jane


“I hate Sundays. Dinner at the queen’s tomorrow, along with my ass-kisser brother, his wife and their perfect children. ‘Are you dating yet?’ ‘When are you going to move forward?’ ‘How long do you plan on mooning over Ciara?’”

Ah, yes. They don’t tire of their questions. I wish I could tell them all it’s none of their damn business.

Marian Lanouette


Scott and she weren’t dating by any means, but she liked his innate politeness.

Marsha West


Zack had no business dating self-pity and her baser emotions. Because the most powerless of them all? Nate.

Sharon Wray


“I guess so.” I tossed my hands skyward, praying for an answer to magically appear. “Where, Oh Dating Gods, are the normal men hiding?”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


But he didn’t need another woman in his bed and she didn’t need the complications that come with dating a partner.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


I should have picked up on all those troublesome signs during our dating years and six-month engagement.

Joanne Guidoccio


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will a Change of Venue Help Writer’s Block?

Rosslyn_Chapel

Well, it’s not exactly writer’s block … sort of. In 2015, my cousin and I took a trip to Scotland to follow some family ancestry as well as for me to do some research for the fifth book in my series, “Partners, Heart of the Phoenix”. For my main character, AJ Donovan, it took years to find the Scots-Irish father he thought had abandoned him. Now a father himself for the first time, he and his wife, Quin, chose to take a trip to Scotland where Ethan Donovan and his family currently lived. AJ was excited to meet his many half siblings and introduce his son, Reilly to his grandparents.

Ethan’s landscaping business had made him quite wealthy and that wealth bought him enemies. Unfortunately, some of his enemies were within his own family. He had to determine which of his children were embezzling funds from the family business. AJ’s siblings welcomed him warmly … except one. This brother perceived AJ as a threat to his inheritance – to the point he was willing to eliminate him.

2015-05-12 16.48.46 (1)

At the RWA conference last year I roomed with a friend who was retired military and had spent much of her life in Scotland and Ireland. She pointed out several flaws in Irish-Scottish relationships that made the background for my story somewhat implausible. Changing those details would require changing background facts going back to Book I. So, I pushed the book aside and went on to other things. Not a good way to enhance a successful writing career.

So, one of the annual writing conferences I attend is “20 Books to 50K”, the focus of which is indie authors supporting indie authors. They are in Vegas every year but have also been doing conferences in Europe. This year, in July, it will be in Scotland. I was immediately interested. It’s time to go back and seek my muse. I need to work through the story issues and come back with the ideas I need to fix them. Not to mention that Edinburgh, Scotland is one of my favorite places in the world.

2015-05-12 16.52.53 HDR-2 (1)

I’m curious if other writers find new energy when doing research in countries where your story takes place. Do exposure and new facts make you more zealous to get back to your story?

Sneak Off and Read: Lines all about SEX #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines all about SEX

Interested in reading more? Click on the book covers below for information about the novel and the author.


He took a long sip of his coffee and slammed down the mug. “Yeah, I had sex with her a couple of times. I felt sorry for her.”

Joanne Guidoccio


She liked sex, especially with Jason. But if she gave in, it would be a helluva lot more than sex for her, and there wasn’t much chance he felt the same way.

Kathryn Jane


He’d been friends with Louie long enough to understand the Italian word for asshole. And he was correct. Richie Malone was a stronzo and more. “Why him? Didn’t you warn her about his sexual harassment cases?”

Marian Lanouette


Next to drugs and alcohol, meaningless sex was another escape during his darkest days. But none of them ever gave him the high he had experienced with Elise.

S.A.Taylor
A Twisted Fate (work in progress)


The brush of Meg’s body as she moved past him sent heat straight to his groin. The shooting hadn’t affected his sex drive, at least not where she was concerned.

Marsha West


Sarah hadn’t been lying when she’d told Nate it’d been a long time since she’d had sex. But, honestly, it wouldn’t have mattered when the last time was because no man had ever made love to her like Nate had.

Sharon Wray


“The tall blond with the gorgeous green eyes? I have one word for him—-Va Va Va Voom.”

Vicki Batman
The Great Fruitcake Bake-off, Whispers of Winter set


Sex was just that – sex. It was easy to find it when he wanted it. His life was uncomplicated – but empty.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


My libido had shot straight to a ten, and I was ready for a night of wild, uninhibited sex with a new, exciting partner. With Heath Barrow, a kind, compassionate, fun man I found I simply could not resist.

Claire Gem